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Sunday Special & Mahler Symphony 4 & Finale

Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 4 in G major, 4th Movement. Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Leonard Bernstein (1968). Soprano, Edith Mathis. I admit I usually strain the likeability factor around here with Mahler posts . . .

This is a Sunday special because it’s a song about heaven. As the Wikipedia entry notes,

The fourth movement opens with a relaxed, bucolic scene in G major. A child, voiced by a soprano, presents a sunny, naive vision of Heaven and describes the feast being prepared for all the saints. The scene has its darker elements: the child makes it clear that the heavenly feast takes place at the expense of animals, including a sacrificed lamb.

From 7:40 is the softest wind down of any symphony I know, except for Mahler’s Ninth.


4 responses to “Sunday Special & Mahler Symphony 4 & Finale

  1. Sis ⋅

    Her facial expressions are priceless.

  2. Liz

    always enjoy your Sunday lullabies. Didn’t understand a word of it, but beautiful and soothing just the same.

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